And the next weekend finished, first weekend in Autumn. It was quite hot, felt more like summer than Autumn. I hope your night-shifts were not too bad and you will have good days off. It's a pity that I will not see you next week...
Anyway, my weekend was not too bad, though a bit sad – I had to sell few of my pets (or cattle). The truck came today and picked up Pinky, Curious, Funny Face,
Blue Tag and a couple more... I try to not get too attached to them, but... it is not easy. I was just thinking about last weekend when I was locking them up.
There was a very funny incident with Blue Tag and Darcy. The day before we had very heavy rain (yes, the road got damaged again, but it does not matter). Every
time after heavy rain a big puddle develops next to the gate of the second paddock. Darcy loves it and I call it “Darcy's Spa”. When we were locking the cattle
last weekend Blue Tag went to the puddle and started drinking from it. Darcy got very upset and was barking at him and desperately tried to chase him away, almost
like screaming “Stop destroying my Spa!”. Blue Tag was very thirsty and was not going to go away. At the end I helped Darcy to chase the steer away and as soon as
it was gone Darcy lied down in the water looking very content.
I know, it is nothing special, just a little thing with the animals, but these are the little things which make me laugh the most.
Working with the animals was very easy – we have perfect yards. Even the truck driver (a farmer) was impressed. I had locked the cattle in the yards already, two days
ago just in case something would go wrong, so I had some time in reserve. First I got all the cattle locked in the yards (including Monsieur Bull) and then drafted them.
Monsieur Bull was very stressed, however he was not aggressive at all. Just patiently waited and watched what was happening. For the first time he walked through the race
way. He was happy when he got out. I felt sorry for Blue Tag, he was again very distressed and tried to hide underneath the other animals (he just hid his head and probably
believed that he is invisible as he could not see anything himself). At the end, only 6 were left in the yards. I fed them with lucerne and cattle nuts, so they were quite
happy in the yards.
All went quite well, though Monseur Bull got quite confused as his mates were locked up. For two nights he hid in the bush, I was not able to lock him in the small paddock. Sometime later in the evening, I saw him next to our house, but... It was too dark to walk him “home”. Today, he was in the small paddock by himself. I gave him some extra lucerne and at the end locked him in together with the other animals, which we kept.
Every time I have to sell some animals it makes me sad... Therefore I thought about the farm and the huge potential it has. Not necessarily only as a farm, but maybe as
a kind of "farm stay" for tourists. For people who are tired of the rat-race in the city and trying to find some peace and relaxation. For people who got lost in life and are
trying to find their way again. For families with children. I love animals and all the time wish to have many different animals on my farm. At the moment I cannot do it as I
have to work in the city, so I could not look after them, and George... he would not think it as a good idea and he could not look after them anyway. He would just get angry,
tell me why it cannot work and find all the problems related to this. And I also cannot expect him to help me fulfil my dreams. So I do not talk about this at home at all.
But in the future I would like to have piggies and donkeys and lamas and sheep and much more. I would call it “The Happy Farm” (originally I wanted to call it “The Funny Farm”,
but Penny explained to me the meaning of it, so I changed the name to avoid any confusion ;) I am sure that children would love to come and see all the animals.
And with the cattle – I would prefer to breed them and sell the young animals privately – then I would know that they are going to another good place.
Except for working with the cattle this weekend, we went for a bike ride and I also did a lot of wood chipping.
Before we could go for a bike ride, I had to install my battery – finally after weeks of hunting for the battery, I got the correct one – just bought the original BMW. None of the non-original worked in my bike. George was helping me... He went to look for the perfect tools to install the battery and in the meantime I... just installed it using... two screw drivers. Yes, I had to hear some comments that “no mechanic would behave in such a ridiculous way as you do”, but in one point I agree with him – I am not a mechanic. I am just able to fix my bike when I need to (there were a few more things to do before the bike was ready for a trip).
And I was very lucky during the trip – our communication devices were not charged and they were not working! I did not have to listen to all the swearing along the way :) The ride was very nice.
I know that wood-chipping is a very big job and it has to be planned to make it as efficient as possible and so on and so on. But honestly, I cannot spend two days to plan the work for two hours. So I decided to make the most of the job myself. I cut 12 quite big black-wattles, plenty of brunches and dragged them all in the position. I only asked George to bring the tractor at 4pm, so I can do the chipping. It would take something over an hour. George came a bit later than I asked and at the end I was able to start the chipping at 4:45pm. At some point I noticed that he is cutting trees – I stopped him as I knew it will not be possible to process all this today. So he helped me pull the branches closer to the wood-chipper. When we finished it was almost dark and George said “I will not do something like this again - just come in the afternoon and chip trees. This has to be planned as things can go wrong. Today we had the perfect example. Now I have to process all the branches which are left by hand”. I was a bit perplexed, as all the branches which were left were those which he cut and it got dark as he started the tractor 45min later than I asked him. Of course, if we try to make our life more difficult than it already is, we can. It does not need to be proven, it is obvious... He looked at me and said “If you want to do it this way without planning, then you can do it by yourself. I will show you how to operate the tractor”. You can imagine my answer to this “Perfect! I can do it!” “But if the chipper will not be cleaned after work I will never touch it again” “No problem”. So now I am quite excited as I will be learning soon how to operate the tractor and then I can do everything by myself :) I hardly ever ask for help, but every time I do, I come into big difficulties and trouble. So when I will be able to do everything by myself, then life on the farm will be perfect (hmm... almost perfect, something still will be missing here... but at least it will be less stressful :)
In the evening I talked to my Dad. I was telling him again, about my situation at home and about what had happened today. I was telling him how much I miss somebody, a partner who would support me in what I am doing and how much I miss love. But on the other hand I cannot complain, as I have a lot. I have job which I like and which gives me good income, I have my farm and the animals which I love, I have friends which are there for me when I need them and I have family who supports me. I can travel, I love writing and speaking, and I am liked wherever I go. I am in good health, so I do not complain and I am thankful for everything I have, I just miss love in my life. And my Dad replied. “I know that one day your life will be fulfilled and you will find love. You have the right attitude to life, just be patient and everything will come into place”. I am very thankful for having such a great dad – he always has faith in me and supports me and through this, he gives me hope and faith.
I miss you Buddy very much.
Lots of Wings,